The Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership
Staff Development Program
About the Program
The Child Welfare Training Program (CWTP) partners with representatives from all levels of the Family Services Division (FSD) to continuously grow and adapt the professional development program to meet the changing needs of FSD staff. We provide a comprehensive professional development program which:
- Integrates divisional mission, practice model, policy, quality assurance and program improvement processes;
- Meets departmental needs for regional training available through the year;
- Provides opportunities for teams to be trained with their supervisors in best and emerging practices, so that supervisors can support workers to implement skills and knowledge in their practice;
- Utilizes various delivery methods, including videos, interactive internet-based, webinars, fromal metntoring relationships and workshops;
- Focuses on building specific skills for engaging, assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring and closure with children, youth and families;
- Builds system capacity through organizational consulting, mentoring, team building and leadership development;
- Progresses from basic orientation through core skills/knowledge to advanced practice in child welfare and youth justice.
All professsional development activities are guided by the FSD practice model and core practice principles detailed at http://dcf/vermont/gov/fsd
Field Practice Manual
The Field Practice Manual assists supervisors to orient, train and suppor tnew employees. The manual outlines a structured program of reading, shadowing exercises, interviewing activities, self reflective activiteis, review of policy and statutes and so on. It provides an individualized on-the-job training program which links with the Foundations for Family Centered Practice program.
A PDF of the manual can be found here
Foundations for Family Centered Practice
New employees spend two weeks (separted by 3 weeks in the field) in Foundations training within six months of hire. Since many of these training days feature new best practice skills and principles, expereinced employees and supervisors are encouraged to attend those highlighted in the training calendar for this purpose. The Foundations course uses case scenarios to provide concrete policy review and skills practice in the following areas:
- Solution focused skills
- Investigation and assessment skills
- Risk and protective factors
- Safety and risk assessment
- Child development and attachment
- Family time coaching
- Shared parenting
- Domestic violence
- Adolescent development
- Family safety planning
- Working with Courts
- Case planning with families
- Family group conferencing
- Concurrent planning
- Sexual abuse: Victims and offenders
- Permanency planning
- Reunification, guardianship and adoption
- Self care
- Making the most of supervision
- Case closure
Ongoing Professional Development varies from year to year based on assessed needs of FSD staff. Topics offered recently include the following:
- Perspectives in Family Centered Practice: One week training covereing advanced topics in family centered practice, such as working with kin, planning for safety when domestic violence is present, trauma and attachment, sexual abuse and substance abuse.
- Supervising youth with sexually aggressive behhaviors in the community.
- Forensic interviewing.
- Motivational interviewing.
- Teaming symposium.
- Youth Justice Conference.
- Working with Youth Conference.
- VT Foster and Adoptive Family Association Conference.
- Reflective practice groups for supervisors (regional)
The Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP) increasingly provides targeted, skills-based training and consultation for teams in districts. The model has proven both popular and effective in enhancing the professional development of FSD staff, supporting efforts at systems change, and spreading knowledge and practice skills based on evidence. Each district works with central office staff, CWTP staff and others they may identify to develop a district specific professional development plan.
Each district has an assigned CWTP training coordinator, who works with staff in the district regularly. Topics covered depend upon the needs of the distrcit staff, but may include:
- Management consultation; team development; strategic planning
- Family Safety Planning and Family Group Conferencing program development and case consultation
- Safety mapping
- Risk and safety assessment
- Enhancing Parent-Child Family Time
- Teaming training and consultation
- Time management
Delivery of training and consultation services is mutally agreed upon by CWTP, the FSD Operations manager, and each district. Community partners and other DCD department staff are invited and welcome at the discretion of the district.
Supervisor Development Program
The Supervisor Role Design Workgroup is in the process of analyzing the changing role of supervisors in the current child welfare/youth justice system. They will be recommending training for supervisors during the coming year. CWTP staff will work with this group and the Transformation Steering Committee to meet identified training needs.
Training for IV-E System of Care Service Providers
Most of the above trainings are also available to foster parents, adoptive parents, workers in residential programs, case managers, state employees in other departments, and other community practitioners providing services to children in custody.
Specific traning information and registration information can be found at: https://www.ahsnet.ahs.state.vt.us/ahstrain/login/login.cfm
A list of personnel with their contact information can be found here
Last modified April 26 2011 01:52 PM